Reverse Piano

A Yamaha piano processed through a guitar pedal

The story

Christian’s film exploring Dave, the Neumann KU 100, left me with more questions than it answered. In a good way.
In the midst of the strangest week of the year, that between Christmas and the new year, I was experimenting with some new mic positions on my family piano – attempting to create a ‘pseudo binaural’ recording, if you like. I ran off a quick ‘MVP’ style sample set when a notion hit me.
Making pads from pianos is no new idea – taking a sample, stretching it, reversing it and putting in a big crossfade to create a ‘ping-pong’ style loop – but what if we simply reversed all of the samples?
With a little magic from the cheapest bit of tech I own (a 5 quid eBay-find guitar pedal) this is the result. I’m not really sure what to call it – it’s not really a pad nor a piano – so I’ve gone for ‘Reverse Piano’!

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  • Super cool effect...

    These warped and revered piano effects are always really cool to play with. The instrument is well built and all the samples sound good. Might be nice to have some more of the raw recordings as an option for those who want to do their own processing, but that's not at all a necessity. Still a great instrument that I'll be holding onto!

    Christopher28 October 2021
  • The Secret Sauce behind a 'forward' piano sound

    I wasn't quite sure what to make of this library at first. As someone who loves reversing sounds, using backwards reverb --we all know how to reverse IR's in Space Designer by now, right? -- I figured this would be an instant favorite for me, but it wasn't. I couldn't put my finger on the exact reason, but I coming back to it, thinking I'd figure out what I needed to do differently. The inspiration came from Christian Henson's "Meris Verbs for LABS Soft Piano" library. What if I used this library as an effect for a different piano library, albeit a mismatched one? That was the eureka moment for me. Laying this with a forward piano is -- THE BOMB! Give it a try. you won't regret it!!!

    Sam Ecoff06 November 2021
  • A great idea, that adds real colour to your music!

    Anything below F3 has a noticeable overtone to it. Which makes the low end of this piano great for atonal clusters. The Top end is full of magic and wonder. I recommend sending the instrument through a randomised pattern delay to create a lush swirly ambience that doesn't feel repetitive. All in all, this is a surprisingly versatile library that's been recorded very well!

    R.Treves21 October 2021
  • Useful for experimentation

    I like very much reversed pianos, this one does not disappoint me. This instrument is very well recorded and I like the character it has. It is not very playable in some regions because of the velocity of the samples, which is uneven in some cases. You will get inspired by this one.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG04 November 2021
  • Unique sound with one main issue for me

    This is a really awesome sound for ambient effects and textures. I love reversing stuff, guitars being my favorite but pianos are awesome too. I think this instrument would blend really well with ambient guitar or anything cinematic really. My one issue is that the samples speed up the higher you go up the keyboard so the high notes happen super fast. I dont know that much about sample programming but id assume theres a way to do it where they all last the same or similar lengths. With that said i still think this is a really useful and charaterful instrument.

    septemberwalk08 November 2021
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